Hocking County Ohio Biographies

EMMETT AMBLIN, Coal Operator, was born in Madison county, New York, August 31st, 1826. His father and mother were both natives of New York. His parents moved to Pennsylvania in 1829; thence to Steuben county, New York, in 1834; and finally settled in Hocking county, Ohio, in 1838. Emmett received his education in the schools of Hocking county. His father dying January 20th, 1839 , the support of his mother and sister devolved upon young Emmett. He assumed the charge willingly and with stout heart, determined to make the best of his oppor­tunities. He secured work as a laborer on the Hocking Canal, and was so employed for six years. From 1845 until 1847 he was engaged on a farm. In the latter year he rented a farm, which he tilled until 1860, when he pur­chased a farm in Hocking county. In this year he was elected Treasurer of Hocking county, being re-elected at the expiration of his term, in 1862. He vacated this office in 1865. In the meantime he continued farming and stock raising until 1869, when he sold his land to the county for an infirmary, and resigned the County Commissionership to which he had been elected in 1867. Since then he has been engaged in operating and speculating in coal lands in Hocking and Perry counties. He was the first in his sec­tion to turn his attention to the valuable deposits of coal which had lain there awaiting the energy and enterprise that should develop them. A life of thrift and industry has enabled him to become possessed of some of the best coal lands in Ohio. Mr. Hamblin now makes his home in Logan county. May 16th, 1847, Mr. Hamblin married Calistia Cook, of Hocking county, who has borne him four boys, all living. Source: The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Ohio of the Nineteenth Century ,Cincinnati: Galaxy Pub. Co., 1876
MORRISON H. AMBROSE, proprietor, of the Remple House, is a native of Ohio, and was born near Tiffin, Seneca County, Dec. 9, 1839. He remained on his father's farm in Seneca County, attending school winters until twenty-three, when he went to Lancaster, Ohio, and was employed as superintendent and clerk in the Talmage Hotel: remained here until August, 1871, when he located in Logan and opened the American House. In 1875 Mr. Ambrose remodeled the American House and changed the name to the Remple House. He has remodeled this house from time to time, and at present it ranks among the best hotels of the valley. Mr. Ambrose married Miss Ella Flemm, at Lancaster, Nov. 10, 1868. She was the daughter of C. Flemm, one of the pioneer hotel men, and proprietor of the old Talmage House, of Lancaster. He died April 22, 1877. He was a native of Germany, and came to America when a young man. Mr. Ambrose was the eldest son of Frederick W. and Jane (Morrison) Ambrose, his father a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., and his mother of Maryland. His father died in April, 1871, and his mother in 1849. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They had aarge family of three sons and four daughters, two sons and two daughters now living. Mr. Ambrose is a Mason, member of Lancaster Lodge, No.57. He is agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company, of New York. He is one of the pioneer hotel men of the valley, an actibe business man, and has been identified with Logan since 1871. In politics he has always been a Republican. He deals extensively in real estate, and has built and owns quite a number of fine residents.
Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
JAMES NELSON ACKER, Deputy Probate Clerk of Hocking County, was born near old Straitsville, Perry Co., Ohio, Nov. 22, 1851. He lived with his parents, W.T. and Mary E. (Rosser) Acker, at his native place, Nelsonville and Logan until manhood, receiving an education in the common schools. At the age of eighteen years he began to learn the shoemaker’s trade, which he followed till 1875. In the spring of 1876 he was elected Constable, serving in that capacity two years. In the fall of 1876 he was elected Coroner of Hocking County, which office he resigned in the fall of 1877 to accept that of Sheriff of Hocking County. He was re-elected Sheriff in 1879, serving two terms. In May, 1882, he was deputized by his father, Probate Judge of Hocking County, Probate Clerk, his present position. May 31, 1876, he was married to Miss Effie Tannyhill, of Logan, by whom he has one child-Mary Blanch. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Logan.
Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883

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